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Interview and Giveaway: Lynne Silver and her latest release, Conquered Match!

It’s release day for Lynne Silver! In honor of this, Lynne has stopped by MKR for a little interview time and to giveaway a digital copy of book two of the Coded for Love series, Conquered Match! In case you missed it, I’ve been waiting anxiously for book two since I went to bibliomaniac heaven read Heated Match (click the hyperlink to check out the 5-star review), and I’m so excited to have Lynne with us. Read through and don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a free copy of Lynne’s latest release, Conquered Match!

Book two in the Coded for Love Series.          

When genetically enhanced soldier Ryan Lopez learns his beloved wife Thea has betrayed his team by going to the news media and spilling Program secrets, he takes responsibility for her punishment the only way he knows how—seducing her until she’s begging for release. But the more he takes control of her body, the more he tests both their limits, and realizes he’s never fully understood his wife’s dark desires. It will take every bit of Ryan’s enhanced strength to prove to them both that the woman he loves is also his conquered match.

Conquered Match: January 11, 2013 from Ellora’s Cave

 

1.  Tell us a little about yourself.

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines.

She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC http://bookends-inc.com/index.htm

Sorry for using the generic bio, but I suck at talking about myself. If I didn’t use the bio my critique partners wrote for me, I would say something like this:

I am female. I have 2 kids and a husband. I write books. They have sex. Well, the books don’t have sex, that would be weird. The characters have sex.

 See what I mean?

 

2. Did you dream of writing when you were a little girl or did you dream of other things like being a ballerina (or an astronaut, like I did)?

I wanted to be Aileen Quinn, the actress who played Annie in the movie. I went around belting out Tomorrow, convinced someone would hear my talent, slap a red curly wig on my head and ship me off to Hollywood. I didn’t want to be an actress, only Annie.

 

3.  Were you always interested in writing romance or did you start out interested in something else?

When I decided to write with the intent of getting published, it was all about romance. Before that, I wrote press releases for a technology company. (Fiction of a different sort)

 

4. What is the first book that you can remember making an impact on you? Why did it make such an impact?

In kindergarten, my teacher gave a star sticker on a sentence strip each time you read a book. My stars left the strip and went all the way around the room. Obviously books influenced me hugely. But the first romance book was Judy Blume’s Forever. It was the first book I ever read with sex in it. And I. Was. Hooked. I’d had NO idea an author could do that. I was 13.

 

5. What is your writing process?

I put my kids on the school bus at 7:50, grab a bite of breakfast, and am at my computer by 8:30 with my fingerless gloves and Snuggie on. Before starting any book, I do serious character outlines. We’re talking pages. I want to know everything about them so I can make sure they react in character. I don’t do extensive plotting, but I do have a bare bones outline, hitting the major turning points.

 

6. How do you approach revising?

With lots of valium and Advil. No seriously, I usually have to sit on a book for a little while if I know it needs extensive revisions. Then I read it out loud marking notes in a notebook.

 

7. What authors inspire you?

Judy Blume, Kresley Cole, JR Ward, Kristan Higgins

 

8. What are your top 5 comfort reads?

Catch of the Day (Kristan Higgins), Kiss of a Demon King (Kresley Cole) and anything by Maud Hart Lovelace in the Betsy Tacy series.

 

9. How much of what you do in your day-to-day life goes into your writing?

Hmmm.. Nada. Sorry.

 

10. Much of the plot of Heated Match is tied into the science of this world that you’ve created, but the romance is just as prominent. How do you balance the romance of the story with the science?

This one’s easy. The last science class I took was nearly 20 years ago.  Romance is easier to write about! Plus, I write what I like to read. I love sci-fi, but I want a heavy dose of romance.  I know some readers have asked some science questions about the features and logistics behind my soldiers. I’m thinking of adding some fun stuff to my website answering a lot of these questions. I don’t want my books getting weighted down with genetics lessons. (I was an American Lit major, I’m NOT the one to teach them)

 

11. What was the first scene that you wrote in Heated Match?

Heated Match started as a futuristic sci fi erotica. It was the first thing I wrote. Ever. And it sucked. I mean it sucked donkey balls. So I rewrote it as a contemporary romantic suspense. Paulson the geneticist wasn’t in it. A fifteen year old terrorist bent on revenge was.  It still sucked. So I rewrote it again and again. I couldn’t begin to tell you which scene was first. Luckily, Books 2, 3, & 4 (yes, 4. Xander’s book) came much more easily. (well, I’m only on 11K into Xander’s but it’s going ok so far)

 

12. Describe your latest book in 140 characters or less.

Wife betrays her genetically enhanced soldier of a husband. He retaliates the only way he can…in the bedroom.

 

13. What do you love most about writing?

I love the freedom of setting my own schedule, and since I have attention issues, I love that I always have a new project. If I get bored of one thing, I can revise another or brainstorm a new thing.

 

14. What do you hate most about writing?

Typing- my hands hurt at the end of the day. Apparently I have a speech impediment, because Dragon Dictation did not work for me. At. All.

 

15. What are you reading right now?

I’m on vacay right now, so here’s what I downloaded onto my Kindle:

At Last comes Love, Mary Balogh

A Lady by Midnight, Tessa Dare

Breathe, Kristen Ashley,

Leave me Breathless, Cherrie Lynn

Tart, Lauren Dane

Zone One, Colson Whitehead

Cosmic, Frank Cottrell Bryce (This is the middle grade bedtime reading for my sons, but we’re all loving it)

 

16. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

 

Thank  you so much for having me on Mama Kitty! Oh, and everyone should sign up for my quarterly newsletter at www.lynnesilver.com There be prizes!

 

THIS OR THAT

 

1. Peanut butter or jelly? Nutella

 

2. Chips or cookies? Sour cream & onion potato chips.

 

3. Best talent: music or art? Art

4. Print or eBook? Both

 

5. Pen or pencil? Extra fine tip gel pen

 

6. Best friends: as many as possible or only need one? One or two besties

 

7. Notebook or computer? computer

 

8. Print or cursive? Typed

 

9. Zombies or vampires? I’m so over both. But Colson Whitehead’s Zone One about Zombies, was really good.

 

10. Angel or Spike? Spike!

About the Author: 

 

 

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines.

She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC http://bookends-inc.com/index.htm

 

 

 

Fun Facts about Lynne:

  1. She has no sense of direction and could get lost on her way from the kitchen to the bathroom.
  2. She grew up in Miami and is a huge Hurricanes fan. (The football team, not the natural disaster.)
  3. Speaking of natural disasters…she lived through Hurricane Andrew, though her car and much of her house did not. To this day she is scared of storms and windy days.
  4. Lynne eats a lot of sushi and considers herself a bit of a connoisseur. She and her husband considered writing a sushi guide at one time.
You can reach Lynne at lynne@lynnesilver.com, visit her website, read her blog, or follow her on twitter!

 

Question to win a free download of Conquered Match:

Create your physical dream of a genetically enhanced soldier! Is he tall? Blond? Muscular, Sinewy?

 

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MamaMia

A recent college grad and lover of all things literary, MamaMia has been reading romance novels probably before it was appropriate for her to do so. She is addicted to her iPhone and all social media, and she is always on the prowl for good characters to fall in love with. She is currently on a contemporary romance kick, but is known to read about vampires, teens fighting bad guys, and Navy SEALs, to name a few.

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5 Responses to Interview and Giveaway: Lynne Silver and her latest release, Conquered Match!

  • Lynne Silver says:

    Thank you for having me here on release day!

  • Debbie Walton says:

    What a fun interview. I have known Lynne since we were brownie girl scouts together, but her memory is much better than mine. I don’t remember much from kindergarten, except for a friend claiming that dinosaurs were just people dressed up. Good luck with your book! I am so excited for you!

  • Lya Laberge says:

    Great interview. :) I love that she’s a mom and a writer. It makes her so much more approachable as a person than some of the others.

    I also like anyone who’s willing to admit their first revisions were not great. Once again, it gives those of us still struggling a sense of “wow, maybe we can get there after all.”

  • Lynne Silver says:

    Lya,

    Thank you for stopping by. I think once you start getting to know authors (even the big NYT best sellers), the more you’ll see that everyone is very approachable, especially in the Romance writing community. Good luck with your writing, and I know you’ll soon see your name on a book cover soon also.
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